What’s Happening This Weekend: NYC Pizza Run, Taste the West Village, Hammer & Claws, Stone Street Oyster Festival & More


You could head upstate on an apple picking trip this weekend, but if you’re feeling like it’s a little early for that, there are plenty of fall activities happening in the city to get you in a more autumnal mood. Here’s a look at where to head.

2013 NYC Pizza Run, Tompkins Square Park, 500 East 9th Street, Saturday, 11 a.m.

If you’re the type to head out jogging only to realize you’d rather be eating pizza, here’s your chance to indulge that impulse. Participants will gather to complete a 2.25 mile course while stopping at three checkpoints to chow down on a slice. Tickets are $50 and include a gift bag and post-run drink. Registration for avid runners–and competitive eaters–is now open

The 5th Annual Taste The West Village, The Yard at P.S. 41, 116 West 11th Street, Saturday, noon

With a line-up that features over 25 West Village restaurants dishing out all types of treats, there’s no telling what famous neighborhood residents might show up for a plate of food. This all-you-can-eat affair deals in offerings like jagerwurst from The Marrow and The Meatball Shop’s pizza balls. Tickets for adults include access to all food and are $40; a limited supply of tickets will also be available at the door on the day of the event. Wristbands for alcohol will be sold separately for $25.

Stone Street Oyster Festival, Stone Street between William and Pearl Streets, Saturday, noon

Stone Street’s annual bivalve bash celebrates it’s 10th anniversary with something new.
The start to New York Oyster Week will attempt to break the record for the single largest oyster shell recovery, and an estimated 100,000 oyster shells are expected to be gathered throughout the week. Once collected, the shells will go towards the restoration efforts for New York oyster reefs. Participating venues including Ulysses Folk House and Stone Street Tavern, which will supply beverages who are looking to drink something other than oyster juice.

Hammer & Claws, The Tunnel at The Terminal Stores Building, 269 Eleventh Avenue, Saturday and Sunday, noon

If heading to Maryland wasn’t part of your summer, an all-you-can-eat blue crab feast will bring you up to speed. Featuring crabs plucked right out of the Chesapeake Bay, the claw cracking will be accompanied by all the Abita beers needed to wash down that Old Bay seasoning. An array of sides–plus hot dogs for those who can’t seem to get their crab open–are also part of the package. Tickets for each of the three seatings are $95.

TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint 2013, East River State Park, 90 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn, Sunday, 1 p.m.

Across the river, chefs of northwest Brooklyn unite to support the building of the Northside Town Hall Community and Cultural Center and the renovation of the historic Engine 212 Firehouse on Wythe Avenue. Over forty of the area’s most popular restaurants including The Elm will put their culinary talents on display. Advanced tickets for $25 nets you four tastings and two drinks, and you can double up on both for $45. Secure your spot to sample some outer boro eats for a good cause.